Argyro Katsika

Assistant Professor

Office Location

South Hall 3513


Phonetics; speech production; laboratory phonology; articulatory phonology; prosody


2012, Ph.D., Yale University

2005, M.Phil., University of Cambridge 


I am fascinated by speech; it is so natural that it feels simple, yet it involves a complex system of body organ movement and coordination, which is, in turn, shaped by a complex, multi-level linguistic structure/grammar. I am intrigued by how this shaping works. The main focus of my research is on the interaction between prosodic structure and the kinematic profile of speech. Prosodic structure is the component of the grammar that organizes speech into cognitive units (e.g., syllables into words and words into phrases), and marks prominent elements in these units (e.g., stressed syllables in words and accented words in phrases). What is the nature and architecture of prosodic structure? What aspects of prosodic structure remain constant across languages from different groups of the prosodic typology? How is prosodic structure related to discourse and talker-to-talker (verbal and no verbal) interactions? How is prosodic structure expressed in speech disorders that are attributed to difficulties in articulatory coordination? My research addresses these (and other) questions, by the means of experimental studies that examine the movement and coordination of the speech-related body organs and their acoustic and visual products across languages and populations. I believe that, in this way, a direct window could be opened onto speech production, language processing, cognition and social interaction.  


Research interests:

Prosodic boundaries; prosodic prominence; pauses; intonation; prosodic typology; syllabic structure; segmental structure, articulatory coordination; speech errors; coarticulation; speech planning; L2 speech; talker-to-talker interaction


Current projects:

  • Cross-linguistic examination of prosodic boundaries
  • Hierarchies of prominence: acoustic, kinematic and perception data
  • A task dynamics model of prosodic hierarchy
  • Prominence marking in L2 speech
  • The production and perception of gestural overlap in syllables
  • Coarticulation and speech planning
  • Speech errors, prosodic structure and speech planning
  • Variability and categories in intonation


Selected publications:

Katsika, A. & Tsai, K. (under review), The supralaryngeal articulation of stress and accent in Greek.  

Lester, N. & Katsika, A. (under review), Prosodic structure and the lexicon in interaction: a corpus-based approach.

Shaddle, C., Nam, H., Katsika, A., Tiede, M., King, H.M. & Whalen, D. (under review), Secondary gestures for consonants: an Electromagnetic Articulatory study of troughs.

Katsika, A., Jang, J., Krivokapić, J., Goldstein, L. & Saltzman, E. (2020), The role of focus in accentual lengthening in American English: Kinematic analyses, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, Tokyo, Japan

Crouch, C. & Katsika, A. (2020), The role of sonority profile and order of articulation on gestural overlap in Georgian, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, Tokyo, Japan

Jang, J. & Katsika, A. (2020), The amount and scope of phrase-final lengthening in Korean, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, Tokyo, Japan

Tsai, K. & Katsika, A. (2020), Pitch accent and phrase boundaries: Kinematic evidence from Japanese, Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, Tokyo, Japan

Lohfink, G., Katsika, A. & Arvaniti, A. (2019), Variability and category overlap in the realization of intonation, Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2019, Melbourne, Australia, 701-705.

Katsika, A. (2016), The role of prominence in determining the scope of boundary lengthening in Greek, Journal of Phonetics 55, 149-181

Katsika, A. & Kavitskaya, D. (2015), The phonetics of r-deletion in Samothraki Greek, Journal of Greek Linguistics 15, 34-65.

Katsika, A., Whalen, D.H., Tiede, M. & King, H. (2015), Articulatory measures of planned and unplanned coarticulation, Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glaskow, UK.

Katsika, A., Krivokapić, J., Mooshammer, C., Tiede, M. & Goldstein, L. (2014), The coordination of boundary tones and their interaction with prominence, Journal of Phonetics 44, 62-82.

Katsika, A., Shattuck-Hufnagel, S., Mooshammer, C., Tiede, M. & Goldstein, L. (2014), Compatible vs. competing rhythmic grouping and errors, Language and Speech 57, 544-562.

Katsika, A., Deo, A., Braze, D. & Piñango, M.M. (2012), Complement coercion: Distinguishing between type-shifting and pragmatic inferencing, The Mental Lexicon 7, 58-76.



Ling 106: Introduction to Phonetics
Ling 112: Speech by humans and machines
Ling 145: Articulatory Phonetics
Ling 213: Advanced Phonetics
Ling 251: Seminar in Phonetics and Phonology